1917 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 (See Map Below)
Neighborhood: Spring Valley & Marinship South. No website or online menu. Open for breakfast and lunch. Unmetered street parking across the street from 7-11 and across Bridgeway north of Marinship Way (see map below).
#1 (tied) on the OurSausalito Best Lunch Cafes, Diners and Deli’s List for 2021
Fred’s Coffee Shop
Fred’s Coffee Shop is part of the eternal local debate, “What’s the best breakfast place, Lighthouse Cafe, Anchorage 5 or Fred’s?” Once we settle that one we’ll move on to “How do we end world hunger?”
This small breakfast and lunch space draws visitors from a wide area and is often crowded, with waiting patrons spilling out onto the street. Fred’s Coffee Shop has achieved “word of mouth” popularity in San Francisco that draws many people across the Golden Gate Bridge to come here, especially on the weekends.
Fred’s Coffee Shop had communal tables inside the small dining room “before it was cool.” Some of our editors like the chance to meet new people when you’re paired up with another couple at a table for four, while others crave the opportunity for more private (and potentially romantic) conversations or for business discussions at a separate table.
Of course, that very same feature is behind Fred’s being placed on the OurSausalito.com list of the best bars and restaurants in Sausalito for singles to meet new people.
In any case, there also are dedicated tables (and more of them, thanks to the pandemic) out front on Bridgeway, which are great (albeit a little noisy when the stoplight turns green) in nice weather. The food is usually very good, prices are on the low side for Sausalito, and the French Toast is a favorite.
Something else that people should know about Fred’s Coffee Shop? Think we’re missing the chance to meet famous celebrities or brooding artists because we don’t want to double up at the inside tables? Disagree with any of our suggestions? Please let us know!